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Koto vs Gyokko


Eureka! After 25 years and more than 50 trips to train in Japan I finally understood the footwork difference between Koto Ryû and Gyokko Ryû. Better late than never. We had a class with Nagato sensei and I couldn’t do the Oni Kudaki he demonstrated until I saw. Hatsumi sensei often speaks about mienai waza,…

Mushin Mukô: no Thinking, no Form


During the last class, sensei wrote a calligraphy (see picture) saying: 無心 無光, Mushin Mukô (no thinking, no form). It reminded me of Musashi’s 得光, 無光, Ukô Mukô, (with form, without form). Musashi explains that the concept of Kamae is complex as it mixes both the physical and the mental attitudes. He said that Kamae…

Kagirinai no Gaku Jutsu


Gaku jutsu 学習 is the science of learning or study. And the Bujinkan requires 限り無い の 学習 kagirinai no gaku jutsu, an endless study. Today at the honbu we were lucky Noguchi sensei gave the two classes as Sôke was busy. In these classes we studied some of the Takagi Yôshin Ryû and the Kukishinden…

July 26 Bujinkan memories


I arrived yesterday afternoon in Tokyo. It is hot and humid and heavy rains we are expexted over the weekend. As always the summer trip is special because. I often find myself travelling in July  without any student and this is the occasion to think about the past. Last June I completed my first thirty…